conspire
verb (conspired; conspiring) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French conspirer, from Latin conspirare to be in harmony, conspire, from com- + spirare to breathe Date: 14th century transitive verb plot, contrive intransitive verb 1. a. to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement <
accused of conspiring to overthrow the government
>
b. scheme 2. to act in harmony toward a common end <
circumstances conspired to defeat his efforts
>

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  • conspire — con·spire /kən spīr/ vi con·spired, con·spir·ing [Latin conspirare to be in harmony, to join in an unlawful agreement, from com together + spirare to breathe]: to join in a conspiracy compare solicit Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • Conspire — Con*spire , v. t. To plot; to plan; to combine for. [1913 Webster] Angry clouds conspire your overthrow. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conspire — Con*spire (k[o^]n*sp[imac]r ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Conspired} (k[o^]n*sp[imac]rd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Conspiring}.] [F. conspirer, L. conspirare to blow together, harmonize, agree, plot; con + spirare to breathe, blow. See {Spirit}.] 1. To make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conspire — [v1] plot, scheme with someone be in cahoots*, cabal, cogitate, collogue, collude, confederate, connive, contrive, cook up*, cooperate, devise, get in bed with*, hatch, intrigue, machinate, maneuver, operate, promote, put out a contract*, wangle …   New thesaurus

  • conspiré — conspiré, ée (kon spi ré, rée) part. passé. Tramé par conspiration. Sa perte conspirée par des ennemis secrets …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • conspire — late 14c., from O.Fr. conspirer (14c.), from L. conspirare to agree, unite, plot, lit. to breathe together, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + spirare to breathe (see SPIRIT (Cf. spirit)). Or perhaps the notion is to blow together musical… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conspiré — Conspiré, [conspir]ée. part. pass. Il a la mesme signification que son verbe …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • conspire — ► VERB 1) jointly make secret plans to commit a wrongful act. 2) (of circumstances) seem to be acting together in bringing about an unfortunate result. DERIVATIVES conspirator noun conspiratorial adjective conspiratorially adverb. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • conspire — [kən spīr′] vi. conspired, conspiring [ME conspiren < OFr conspirer < L conspirare, to breathe together, agree, unite < com , together + spirare, to breathe: see SPIRIT] 1. to plan and act together secretly, esp. in order to commit a… …   English World dictionary

  • conspire — UK [kənˈspaɪə(r)] / US [kənˈspaɪr] verb [intransitive] Word forms conspire : present tense I/you/we/they conspire he/she/it conspires present participle conspiring past tense conspired past participle conspired 1) to secretly plan with someone to …   English dictionary

  • conspire — con|spire [kənˈspaıə US ˈspaır] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: conspirer, from [i]Latin conspirare to breathe together, agree, conspire , from com ( COM ) + spirare to breathe ] 1.) to secretly plan with someone else to do something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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